Polynesian Voyaging Society

Lecture by Kaleomanuiwa Wong
Oceans Lecture Series

Lecture by Kaleomanuiwa Wong, Navigator, Polynesian Voyaging Society

Introduction by John Huth, Codirector of the science program at the Radcliffe Institute and Donner Professor of Science in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

In 1976, the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa became the first canoe in at least 300 years to navigate traditionally, unaided by instruments, from Hawaiʻi to Tahiti. Forty-one years later, Hōkūleʻa continues her three-year, worldwide voyage established to create global relationships and explore how to care for our oceans and Island Earth. Sailing in the wake of our ancestors, the canoes carry a message of mālama honua, caring for Island Earth and each other. Using our canoes as a platform, we hope to bridge cultural tradition and modern technology, timeless values and new visions, and to inspire the next generation of leaders to build sustainable solutions for Island Earth’s future. 

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:45 p.m.; lecture begins at 5 p.m.

Part of the 2016–2017 Oceans Lecture Series. A larger, one-day public symposium on the topic took place on Friday, October 28, 2016.